Celebrating 5 years of Ironman participation

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Pre-Race Days

You may be wondering what on earth I’m doing with all my time in Lake Placid before the big event Sunday…

Well, here is my schedule (same one I posted on the house fridge yesterday!):


  • Pick up house keys and settle in
  • Race check in – sign some waivers, get weighed, pick up race numbers and timing chip, and get Community Fund swag.
  • Bike Ride – Ride the run course and stop by High Peaks Cycle Shop for last minute maintenance
  • Round One Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Mom and Dad (and the dog Serendipity)
  • Dinner with Mom, Dad, and Team RA3 (JJ, Jim, Colin, Betsy, and Tom – plus their support crews!)


  • 7:30 am – Swim one loop
  • 8:00 am – Community Fund Breakfast
  • 10:00 am – Expo opens…wander around tents and town
  • 5:30 pm – Athlete’s dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Mandatory race meeting
  • Round Two of Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Seth, Sharon, Evie, Beth and Darcie


  • Race bag and bike drop off!
  • Round Three Team Stropedogg Arrivals – Mona, Andrew and Sherry!
  • Team Stropedogg and RA3 BBQ and sleep!


i (heart) ny

Ok, I’m going to put on my NY Ambassador hat for a little here to tell you all a bit about the greatness of upstate NY. For those of you going to Lake Placid in a couple days, this list will hopefully provide you with some ideas of things to do while I’m our on the bike course for 7 hours. For those of you just following the journey, hopefully you’ll be inspired to visit the Adirondacks!

A Little History and Education

  • The village of Lake Placid actually sits on Mirror Lake
  • Lake Placid is located within the Adirondack State Park – which is the largest park in the country with 6 million acres! That’s one fifth of all the land in NYS too!
  • Lake Placid was not only home to the Miracle of the 1980 Winter Olympics, but was also home to the 1932 games. It’s one of three communities in the entire world ever to host the Olympics twice!
  • There are 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks – and that many sandwiches at the little Deli on Main St in Lake Placid Village.
  • Oddly enough, the Albany Times Union ran a story on Lake Placid the weekend I was up there training in June!

Things to Do Around Lake Placid

  • Visit the Olympic Center and Museum – check out an ice skating show or go to the top of the ski jump!
  • Take a Gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain – or rent mountain bikes and ride down the mountain!
  • Sit back and sip a UBU Ale at Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
  • Play golf, browse independent bookstores, go rafting (I highly recommend Whitewater Challengers)
  • Learn how maple syrup is made!
  • Go for a hike! Giant Mountain is right on the route from where you turn off I-87 to get to LP. Here’s me on Giant Mountain a couple years ago!
Giant Mountain - 4,267'

Giant Mountain - 4,267'